Modern Logistics targets Latin American and US air cargo markets

Photo: Modern Logistics

Modern Logistics is planning to execute a two-stage strategy to enter the Latin American and US air cargo markets.

The initial phase will expand Modern’s service to Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. This will take place in the third quarter of this year, according to the company’s chief executive Cristiano Koga.

The Brazilian integrated logistics company’s second phase will then target Mexico and the US within six to twelve months.

These expansion plans are being supported by Modern Logistics’ acquisition of two 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs).

Modern Logistics acquired its first 737-800BCF in October last year, which marked the first 737-800 ever within Brazil’s logistics industry.

The São Paulo-based company took delivery of its second 737-800BCF in March.

The two aircraft are expected to help Modern Logistics increase market share internationally, plus establish a facility in Miami.

Leased through Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management (BBAM), the 737-800BCFs have passed certification by PCA Airworthiness and have received final approval by ANAC, Brazil’s aviation regulator.

Koga stated: “We are very excited about the addition of two advanced aircraft to our fleet. The additional capacity and efficiency of the new aircraft will assure the future success of the company by hastening entry into international markets and better responding to the needs and requirements of our clients.”

Photo: Modern Logistics

Going forward, Modern Logistics plans to acquire additional aircraft as part of its five-year plan.

The company’s operations are supported by a 32,000 sq ft cargo facility in Viracopos which is able to accommodate several cargo aircraft simultaneously.

The facility is equipped to meet requirements for transporting high-value cargo across an array of segments, such as industrial, automotive, technology, clothing and electronics.

A distribution centre was recently opened to exclusively serve the pharmaceutical sector. 

Modern Logistics said it is now well prepared to serve e-commerce in the “middle mile” (port-to-distribution centre).

“We have already started operating for e-commerce, and the expectation is that we will grow in this segment from now on,” said Koga.

Modern Logistics puts second 737-800BCF into service

Modern Logistics takes delivery of first 737-800BCF

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]